2001: a space odyssey

2001: a space odyssey

The magic of handmade special effects | Colin Arthur | TEDxMadrid

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Colin Arthur, the legendary creator of make up and special effects for the movies from an era when computers did not exist, narrates his 45 years long career, dedicated to entice imagination of both children and adults with creations such as the hominid in Kubrik's "2001: A Space Odyssey", "The NeverEnding Story" fantasy creatures and the unforgettable creations in Ray Harryhousen's movies, Colin Arthur has spent almost 50 years in the film industry . Following extensive study in fine arts and particularly sculpture, a recommendation from Madame Tussauds led him to “2001: A Space Odyssey” from whence his path turned to make-up, prosthetics and special effects. After 20 years’ working internationally he settled in Spain in the 1970’s until his recent retirement and return to his home in the U.K. Specially selected projects and teaching now occupy much of his time. He often comments that “Knowledge and experience has little value unless you can pass it on to a younger generation”. His extensive repertoire has brought substantial rewards. Many of his earlier films have become classics in their own right, which reminds us of a time when Cinema needed a different sort of creativity. His love of fantasy was fulfilled with the first “The NeverEnding Story” where he was given a freedom in the sculpture to create the characters from the book. Happy to have worked in a world before Computer Generated Images, Colin is pleased to still find Directors who are looking for real-time effects and all that they involve. “Creating an enduring image that has strong elements of truth in the sculpture is a marvellous thing to do”. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)